Greetings From TCJ’s New EditorAug 15th, 1995 | By mambler | Category: 7-2: Agriculture
Greetings from Mancos, Colorado, the new home of the Tribal College Journal. After founding editor Paul Boyer decided to leave his post, I was selected as editor and moved the Journal to my home here in the Four Corners. In many ways, thanks to modern telecommunications, it doesn’t matter where a magazine is located. Writers send their stories via modem, and we transfer bytes to the distant designer and then the printer.
Yet there are still advantages to more personal contact. Living in a rural Western town, we see the issues confronting reservations every day when we open the newspaper or listen to KSUT, the public radio station on the Southern Ute Reservation. Our office in Mancos lies at the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, home to ancient, indigenous farmers. We’re within 6 hours of four Indian colleges, two Ute reservations, and the Navajo Reservation. In the aisles of the grocery store, we hear Spanish, Navajo, and occasionally Ute spoken. Coincidentally, the move puts us close to the American Indian College Fund (the colleges’ fundraising organization), which moved its headquarters to Denver in September.
My own interest in American Indian issues sprang from a visit in 1974 to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana where I witnessed the birth of a revolution. The tiny tribe was taking on several multi-national corporations, challenging their coal leases on the reservation, and winning. As a journalist, I was fascinated by the powers of the tribe. Nothing I had learned in Colorado public schools had prepared me to understand it. The 21 years since then have been devoted to satisfying my curiosity about tribal governments and their institutions and getting to know many wonderful people in the process. They have patiently taught me through the years, offering the equivalent of graduate seminars in many subject areas.
I will be interested in meeting many of you in the coming years and hearing how you learned about and became involved in the tribal college movement. I am already amazed by the calls and letters we receive offering support. For example, Charles and Joy Hambrick recently donated a subscription to their local public library. They have contributed to their community while also raising the public’s awareness about tribal colleges. Other readers–concerned about the volume of mail they receive–have subscribed for their local libraries instead of their homes, reading about the tribal college issues there.
Please think of this as your journal and continue to let us know what you like and don’t like about it.